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Santiniketan is among the 13 new sites recommended to be added to UNESCO's world heritage list in 2023.



In 1901, the renowned poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore founded Santiniketan, a boarding school and arts center in rural West Bengal. Santiniketan was based on ancient Indian traditions and a vision of human unity transcending religious and cultural boundaries.  In 1921, Tagore established a ‘world university’ at Santiniketan, recognizing the unity of humanity or Visva Bharati. Santiniketan’s architecture and approach to education were distinct from the prevailing British colonial and European modernist orientations of the early 20th century. Santiniketan represents an approach to pan-Asian modernity that draws on ancient, medieval, and folk traditions from across the region.


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